07/01/2012 06:23 GMT | Updated 09/01/2012 06:04 GMT

The Iron Lady, Diane Abbott and Michele Bachmann: Who Had A Good Week?

The first week of January is usually a quiet time for news. But 2012 is different - we have seen the teaching union threatening strikes, Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann step out of the US presidential race, William Hague push for reform in Burma, Shadow health minister Diane Abbot's controversial tweet and the Cameron criticise The Iron Lady. Here is our round up of the movers and shakers in politics this week.